I am wondering if anyone can show me microscope images of the edge of a chisel before and after sharpening to Paul’s standard – not too high magnification (maybe x 10 or 15).
I think it might be really helpful in trying to learn Paul’s chisel sharpening method. I use diamond stones up to 1200 grit and a strop with 15000 g polishing compound; I go through all the sharpening and stropping motions then try all the tests of sharpness such as shaving forearm or slicing paper but in the end my tools don’t seem to cut quite as well as his do in the videos. Therefore I’m after some more objective method of comparison. Magnified images would show just how even his polished surfaces are and how near to that level I am getting.
Of course the real proof of the pud is what you can make and I’m reasonably happy with that but one is always after any improvement.
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